​Despite the fact that he currently suits up in Charlotte Hornets teal and purple, Tony Parker is first and foremost a ​Spur. Hornets coach James Borrego, who coached both ​Manu Ginobili and Parker in San Antonio as an assistant under Gregg Popovich, allowed Parker to fly back to ​San Antonio to attend Ginobili's jersey retirement ceremony on Thursday.

​​While Tim Duncan gets the greatest share of the publicity for the Spurs' five championships -- and he deserves it -- that quiet dynasty doesn't materialize without the contributions of Parker and Ginobili.


Parker's tremendous athleticism and ability to control the game on both ends from the point guard spot paired with Ginobili's wealth of skills and shooting made the Spurs nigh-impossible to take down from the early 2000s straight on through Duncan's retirement in 2016.


Parker will now get to see Ginobili's No. 20 hang alongside George Gervin, David Robinson, and Duncan in the rafters of the AT&T Center. After 16 seasons and four rings, it's certainly well earned. 

​​Nice of Borrego to allow Parker to take a day off to join with the rest of league in honoring one of the most humble, unsung players in NBA history.